Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 23 August 2019 | 713 times
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has taken a swipe at Igbo politicians, saying that they have abandoned the welfare and well-being of their people to engage in politics of personal survival, 40 years after the Biafran genocide.
A statement made available to journalists on Thursday in Awka by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, described the present Igbo politicians as “jolly good Nigerians, who are happy and hilarious with their slave assignments”.
“This is very strange, considering the anger, rage and fury in Igbo land. Living in a fool's paradise, these Igbo politicians take for granted the feelings of their maligned people and play to the gallery of a decrepit and suffocating union.
“Can anyone imagine what Dim Emeka Ojukwu or Chief Sam Onunaka Mbakwe would be doing if they were to sit in the Nigerian Senate today? I am sure Mbakwe would embarrass that Senate with his tears for his people,” the statement partly read.
IPOB added: “Who are these so called leaders who wine and dine with our killers and refuse to mention our dire predicament to them?
“These distinguished Senators are a typical example of the new breed Igbo politicians, permanently engaged in the politics of personal survival forty years after the Biafran genocide.
“The first law of the politics of survival is to act more Nigerian than the owners of Nigeria, a case of being more Catholic than the Pope. For a mere slave role, they love their prison and zealously promote a system that puts their people down.
“In politics of survival you act your patriotic role to please the master race, you dare not speak your mind, or you do so tongue in check.
“In politics of survival you worship the Leviathan and smile before him when you are hurting for good reason; your survival is at his pleasure.
“In politics of survival your eyes are fixed to the North from where all power comes, and if you must be ‘made President’, then you must watch on bended knees.
“In politics of survival, you risk nothing and lose nothing, you don’t just look, you stare before you leap for the very good reason that you are permanently caged and politically disadvantaged.”
IPOB observed that former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu apart from being the longest serving Igbo Senator, survived in the murky waters of Nigerian politics by playing to the rules of the politics of survival.
The group regretted that his home state, Enugu, has been besieged on all fronts by Fulani militants, adding that men, women and children, including priests are being slaughtered on a daily basis but the distinguished Senator failed to speak with clarity on the matter.
While saying that it is not their expectations for Ekweremadu to change Nigeria, IPOB said it only wants him to voice out the anger and frustration of the southeast zone in the national Assembly.
“Those who are blaming IPOB Germany for manhandling Ekweremadu are poor students of history. You do not persuade an angry people with patriotic rhetoric. Leaders who cannot gauge the anger and fury in their land must be truly blind and not qualified to represent them,” it added.
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